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Champ Bailey might not be a Bronco in 2013

The upcoming offseason should be a huge year for free agents, with tons of big names available to potentially hit the market if teams decide to unload their hefty contracts on waivers. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports said in a column on Tuesday that Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey could potentially be one of those players.

La Canfora’s reasoning was a mixture of recent production and monetary issues.

“Bailey had a brutal time of it in the postseason, the Broncos have emerging young corners and owner Pat Bowlen has had them operating on a tight budget.”

Bailey has been a rock in the defense for the Broncos since he was traded by Washington in 2004. But La Canfora’s reasons make sense – specifically, the one about his bloated contract and Pat Bowlen’s attempts to be frugal. Bailey is due $9 million in 2013, plus a $1 million roster bonus, as part of a four-year contract extension he signed last February with Denver.

But there might be one thing keeping that deal from ever happening: Unloading Bailey for monetary reasons would be a PR nightmare for the team. Getting rid of a 12-time Pro Bowl player is tough to spin.


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